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The Byrnes family

The Byrnes family

BYRNES family

Who are the Byrnes?

The Byrnes are an average family who live in the county. The family, like so many others across Kent and Medway is made up of individuals who go about their daily lives be it school, work or at home. The Byrnes family will be helping Kent Fire and Rescue Service explain some of the pitfalls of modern living. Sometimes they will get themselves into situations that could be very dangerous. They will be trying to help us all avoid making similar mistakes.

Every member of the Byrnes family – including the pets, are much loved. The safety advice that they will be helping you to learn all aim to do one thing – to keep your family safe, protecting those you love the most.

Ed

Ed Byrnes

Who

Dad

Age

41

Job

Parcel delivery driver

Likes

Playing five-a-side football, he loves barbecues, beer and spending as much time as he can with his family

Favourite music

Coldplay

What puts him at risk?

He’s not a practical person and is very clumsy

Ash

Ash Byrnes

Who

Youngest family member

Age

1

Job

Toddler

Likes

Crawling around and eating biscuits

What puts him at risk?

He’s totally reliant on his family keeping him safe

Mandy

Mandy Byrnes

Who

Mum

Age

37

Job

Part-time office manager

Likes

Chocolate and Prosecco, family time and gardening

Favourite music

Take That and Michael Buble 

What puts her at risk?

Spends too much time on social media and is easily distracted, not the best cook

Elsa

Elsa Byrnes

Who

The middle kid 

Age

7

Job

Attends primary school and wants to be an astronaut when she’s older 

Likes

Cartoons (especially that one with the snowman), baked beans on toast and astronomy

Favourite music

Little Mix

What puts her at risk?

Can be overly enthusiastic and doesn’t understand safety yet

Woody

Woody

Who

Typical young kid

Age

11

Job

Studying for his 11+ and wants to be a music producer

Likes

Lewis Hamilton is his hero, hanging out with his mates and is addicted to video games

Favourite music

Punk/Grunge

What puts him at risk?

Starting to develop independence and doesn’t pay attention or listen to those with a little more life experience.

Gramps

Gramps Byrnes

Who

Mandy’s Dad

Age

71

Job

He’s a retired council planning officer; now a parish councillor and is Nana’s carer

Likes

DIY (but he’s not very good), time alone in his shed 

Favourite music

Tina Turner

What puts him at risk?

His eyesight isn’t quite so good these days, he is not very handy with any electrical tools and he is a heavy smoker (roll-up cigarettes)

Nana

Nana Byrnes

Who

Mandy’s Mum

Age

73

Job

Retired drama teacher from the same school that Woody attends

Likes

Attending her Women's Institute group, amateur dramatics, her new iPad and spending time cuddling Gramps

Favourite music

Anything from the musicals and Michael Ball or Alfie Boe

What puts her at risk?

She suffers from forgetfulness and is losing her hearing, doesn’t like throwing things away (she keeps everything!) and she also needs a walking stick these days, she is cared for by Gramps

Flash

Flash Byrnes

Who

Family dog

Age

4

Job

Being the guard of the house and giving licks

Likes

Chasing Sooty the family cat and hiding Dad’s slipper

What puts him at risk?

Occasionally escapes and chews on things he shouldn’t

Sooty

Sooty Byrnes

Who

Nana and Gramps' cat

Age

12

Job

Sleeping

Likes

Curling up in high places, warm places or in the piles of leaves in the garden and staying clear of Flash when he comes to stay

What puts her at risk?

Can often be found sleeping in hazardous places and has no hearing because of her age

Sparky

Sparky

Who

Family budgie

Age

1

Job

To tease Sooty

Likes

Sitting on gramps' head and birdseed

What puts him at risk?

Has a tendency to peck at unplugged electrical wires and equipment

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